Commentary Magazine


Abbie Hoffman and the Temple of Doom

Steven Spielberg was planning to direct a movie about the crazy trial of the Chicago Seven from a script by Aaron Sorkin. He had cast Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman. Now the most successful director in the history of the world has decided, as they used to say in Variety, to “ankle” the project. Maybe he looked at those box-office receipts from the Iraq War movies, not to mention the receipts from his own moral-equivalence-fest Munich, and decided to take a pass. Next up for Spielberg, interestingly enough, is a biographical picture not about a con-man-reprobate-crook like Abbie Hoffman but rather…Abraham Lincoln. Scripted by Tony Kushner.